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Fraunhofer Institute, ARC team up in DVB-H IP development

Posted: 07 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Heinrich-Hertz-Institute? HHI? Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft? ARC? Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld?

Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI) of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft announced a wide-ranging partnership with ARC International that expands Fraunhofer's use of configurable processors to further the development and commercialization of consumer products based on Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H, DVB-T" target=_blank>DVB-H) technology.

As part of this partnership, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute are using the low-power, small-gate count ARC 625D core to develop DVB-H chipset intellectual property (IP) that will provide consumers with mobile access to high-quality multimedia content. ARC will gain access to portions of the resulting DVB-H IP from the Fraunhofer Institute's R&D efforts.

"Configurable technology was a natural choice," said Benno Stabernack, head of the embedded systems group at Fraunhofer HHI. "By adopting the ARC 625D processor core, our scientists will be able to quickly develop application-specific processors that meet the power consumption and performance needs of emerging multimedia applications for handheld appliances. This type of flexibility allows our designers to quickly adapt to evolving standards and customer requirements."

Configurable ARC 625D core
The ARC 625D processor core is a full-featured, mid-range embedded core with best-in-class speed, die area and power characteristics. It is designed as a complete processor solution for SoCs targeted at consumer, networking, automotive and other cost-sensitive markets.

An XY memory subsystem and other powerful DSP options of the 625D core enable the elimination of separate logic or DSP blocks, which reduces die size and cost of the SoC. Furthermore, using the ARChitect processor configurator custom instruction extensions can be incorporated to achieve performance levels unattainable with fixed architecture cores.

DVB consortium
The Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB) is an industry-led consortium of over 250 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies and others in over 35 countries committed to designing global DVB standards.

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